Image © Holly Timpener, There is a dissonance and density within my body: part two, Pi*llOry part three, 2020. Photo by Tina Bararian.
Holly Timpener is a queer performance artist exploring themes of gender, identity, trauma, and memory. Their lived experience with Body Dysmorphic Disorder informs their work which uses the body to confront issues surrounding gender divides, expectations of gender, and the judgement placed upon physical appearance. Timpener’s work challenges the perceptions and expectations surrounding the “female” body within our society. Performing using the body as an object creates the capacity to disseminate complex issues within the idea of “the personal is political” in modern socio-political context. While their body is often objectified, Timpener feels that with fearless intimacy and durational presentation, their naked self challenges viewers to elevate preliminary ideas of form and gain deeper insight within the work.